Teddy is the first-ever openly transgender model who will work for Chanel. She has recently modeled for major fashion brands such as Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Coach, Oscar de la Renta, and more.
SHE TOOK TO INSTAGRAM A HEARTY POST WHERE SHE SAID THE FOLLOWING:
“I find I don’t cry anymore when things are sad, but isn’t it interesting when we shed tears in moments of triumph. This was one of those triumphant cry moments for me. My whole life has been a fight. From being bullied at school consistently, kids threatening to kill me and going into graphic detail how they were going to do it, my own father beating me and calling me a fagot, to receiving industry blowback after speaking publicly about being sexually assaulted on the job… This was a victory that made all of that shit worth it.”
The post explained why this milestone means the world to her.
TEDDY QUINLIVAN ON COMING OUT AS A TRANSGENDER
She openly came out as a transgender in 2017 and continued her fight till 2018. In fact, in an interview with i-D team Team, this is what she said when asking about the changes she wants the fashion industry to make:
“I would like for the industry to not only understand and celebrate the backstories of us models, but also the needs of their customers and overall society outside of fashion. I think everyone wants to see the industry speak up more about necessary changes, whether they are related to inclusivity, sustainability, etc… all those things can influence the world outside of ourselves. Let’s not be afraid to shift our ways and break tradition — we’re supposed to be impactful, persuasive game-changers.”
Quinlivan is truly a game-changer! Her vision of inclusivity inspires EVERYONE especially the LGBT community.
HER MODELING CAREER
When she decided to openly come out as a transgender, she knew some brands are going to stop working with her.
“I had walked 2 shows for Chanel while I was living in stealth ( stealth meaning I hadn’t made my trans identity public yet) and when I came out I knew I’d stop working with some brands, I thought I’d never work with the iconic house of Chanel ever again. But here I am in Chanel Beauty Advertising. I am the first openly trans person to work for the house of Chanel, and I am deeply humbled and proud to represent my community. The world will kick you down, spit on you, and tell you you’re worthless. It’s your job to have the strength to stand up and push on, to keep fighting, Because if you give up then you will never experience the tears of triumph.
Thank you to everyone who made this dream a reality!”
She truly is amazing! As of now, she continues to be an advocate for the trans community and fight for diversity and inclusivity, especially in the fashion industry. We are proud of you!